Weekend Download №45
A few short, experimental-type games this week, including one from prolific Game Maker designer cactus, a two color game where you are a wild boar, and a game where you control a dark sun to capture golden butterfly/angel-type things. And just to make sure you don't go mad with weirdness, there's a nice relaxing mahjong game to tame the inner beasts.
Tropico Jong: Butterfly Expedition (Windows/Mac, 10MB, demo) - A nice looking mahjong game where you take on the role of a hobbyist out to discover butterflies on Tropico Island. The basic mechanics follow the usual mahjong setup where you pick up matching tiles that aren't trapped by other pieces on the board. But because you're searching for butterfly tiles, the mahjong element becomes a means to an end. Over 100 levels to play, 400 butterflies to find, and great user-friendly features that make finding matches as easy or difficult as you like.
BlockOn! (Windows, 1.6MB, free) - An experimental platformer by cactus that involves both building and run-and-jump-type gameplay. Use the mouse to place blocks that form a path to collect all the red objects on the screen. Then, hit the [spacebar] to activate your character and run through the level you just created to make it to the exit. Spikes and enemies appear on the ground you creat to make things a bit more interesting.
INNO-vation 2007 (Windows, 1.1MB, free) - A two color Japanese-made platformer where you control a wild boar that's constantly on the move. Jump across blocks and grab power-ups, avoiding spike traps in the process. A very simple game with a charming Engrish translation, but it still manages to be a fun play.
Phyta (Windows/Linux, 4.5MB free) - Your cursor is a dark sun, and the giant vine at the bottom of the screen always grows towards it. Ensnare the golden angels by growing the vine around them to progress through the game. A very mellow and atmospheric game with as much or as little artistic meaning as you want it to have.